Planning & Architecture Services in City of London
Postcodes: EC1, EC2, EC3 , EC4, WC1, WC2
City of London History
The City of London is a historic financial district, home to both the Stock Exchange and the Bank of England. It is the smallest and oldest local authority in England dating back to Roman times when inhabitants built a defensive perimeter wall, part of which remains today and is still used as a boundary. The City is also known as the ‘Square Mile’ as it is approximately that size.
Get Planning and Architecture has an excellent knowledge of the City and its architecture. We have undertaken a number of planning and development projects in this area. These include commercial, retail and residential ventures.
City of London Planning & Conservation Areas
Conservation areas are sites of historical or architectural importance. Building and redevelopment can be a more complex process due to more planning regulations and constraints applying within such areas. However our highly trained staff have the expertise to address more challenging planning and design issues. We achieve the aims of our clients both on an aesthetic and functional level whilst adhering to regulations set out by the local planning authority.
City of London conservation areas:
Bank, Laurence Pountney Hill, Bishopsgate, Leadenhall Market, Bow Lane, Lloyd’s Avenue, Brewery, New Broad Street, Chancery Lane, Newgate Street, Charterhouse Square, Postman’s Park, Crescent, Queen Street, Eastcheap, Smithfield, Fenchurch Street Station, St Helen’s Place, Finsbury Circus, St Paul’s Cathedral, Fleet Street, Temples, Foster Lane, Trinity Square, Guildhall, Whitefriars
Planning in City of London
The population of the City of London is in the region of 7,400 and the number of households is around 4,400.
The City comprises the following main areas: Aldersgate, Aldgate, Bassishaw, Billingsgate, Bishopsgate, Bread Street, Bridge, Broad Street, Candlewick, Castle Baynard, Cheap, Coleman Street, Cordwainer, Cornhill, Cripplegate, Dowgate, Farringdon Within, Farringdon Without, Langbourn, Lime Street, Portsoken, Queenhithe, Tower, Vintry and Walbrook.
City of London Planning Applications & Appeals
Planning applications submitted weekly to the local planning authority in the City number approximately 18, and appeals, when planning permission is refused, vary but are in the region of 2 per week.
Whilst planning permission can be refused for a number of reasons in any area, gaining permission can be a more complicated process in listed buildings and conservation areas. However Get Planning and Architecture has chartered planners who are members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and chartered architects who are members of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). We have the expertise to address any difficulties that may arise and an excellent record for successful appeals.
City of London News
Planning permission was granted for a new skyscraper in the City of London. The 73 storey building known as 1 Undershaft will be the second tallest in the capital and the highest in the financial district. At 294.6 m tall it will dwarf the nearby Gherkin.
Located on the site of the Aviva Tower it will stand next to another skyscraper, 22 Bishopsgate, currently under construction. The Aviva tower will be demolished once the present tenant, Aviva’s, lease expires in 2024. Nicknamed the Trellis the architect responsible for the design is Eric Parry of Aroland Holdings. Parry got the job after he won a City of London Corporation competition.
Access will be via a pair of crisscrossing escalators with a view taking in both the Cheesegrater and Gherkin. The design offers 22 acres of floor space for 10 000 employees. The interior will incorporate glazed walls with bronze struts and a square column tapering towards the top floors.
Instead of being at the core of the building the centre has been designed to one side with the lobby, seemingly, suspended in the air. The ground floor has an open plan design and the 1,800 square metre basement will house shops and restaurants. The architects also claim it will house London’s highest restaurant and free public viewing gallery.
After planning permission was granted Chris Hayward, chairman of the City of London Corporation, said that despite Britain leaving the European Union there was still plenty of investor confidence in the capital. He added “I believe this building will play an important part in increasing London’s attraction as the world’s leading financial centre”. A completion date for the project is set for some stage in the late 2020’s.
City of London Contact Information
City of London – Local Planning Authority
City of London Corporation
PO Box 270
London EC2P 2EJ
For more information, visit www.cityoflondon.gov.uk